Farah to compete in Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix

Farah to compete in Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix
By Sportsbeat

06/12/2016 at 15:35Updated 06/12/2016 at 16:28

Mo Farah believes February's Indoor Grand Prix can serve as a vital component in his London 2017 World Championships after today announcing he will take to the track in Birmingham.

The four-time Olympic gold medallist across 5,000m and 10,000m missed last year's Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow, desperate not to miss out on an event where he made history.

Farah broke the two-mile world record in his last appearance in 2015, but with a home World Championships firmly on the mind, the 29-year-old is keen for this to be a perfect springboard for the summer.

"The Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham is always a great event to be a part of, and I'm looking forward to returning to a city where I've had so much success over the years," he said.

"The crowds in Birmingham are always fantastic to compete in front of and I have many special memories of competing here. The event will be a key part of my preparations as I look towards the IAAF World Championships London 2017 later in the year."

Mo Farah (GBR) of Britain celebrates winning the gold

Mo Farah (GBR) of Britain celebrates winning the goldReuters

And for UK Athletics chief executive Niels de Vos, a chance for one of Team GB's most successful athletes to return to the track is certainly not an opportunity he wants passing by.

He said: "Mo Farah is one of Britain's biggest sporting superstars. It will be phenomenal to see him race again in Birmingham at the number one indoor event in the world.

"This year is very special for athletics in the UK and for all British athletes. The fact that Mo has selected the Muller Indoor Grand Prix as a key race in a world championship year is significant.

"I think we may see something very special when he takes to take track in Birmingham on February 18."